If I Love My Kid Enough
NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 19, 2008
Adoptive parent Sara-Jane Hardman faced these real-life questions head on, and along with psychotherapist Jean Roe Mauro, LCSW, shares her own personal experiences in "If I Love My Kid Enough: The Reality of Raising An Adopted Child" (http://www.ifilovemykidenough.com). This poignant story about one family's personal, often times painful, journey through raising their daughter is available now, through iUniverse Inc. ($15.95).
"My daughter's story is based on the themes of separation, loss and attachment," said Hardman. "If parents can understand from the earliest days the part separation plays in each child's development, the less confusing parenting will be."
"If I Love My Kid Enough" is the true story of Bethany who, when adopted at seven months, arrived in her new home with all the promise of the perfect child. A precocious learner, she had a charming manner which, her parents soon learned, masked the early trauma caused by two maternal separations and other unknown factors. Though there were early warning signs of learning and emotional problems, school officials, family and friends all dismissed them. Once adolescence approached, Bethany's behavior turned dangerous and could no longer be ignored.
This powerful, informative story segues into developmental explanations by Mauro, an adoptive parent herself, who had seen many families like Hardman's. Together, both women sought out suitable educational and therapeutic programs for Bethany.
Sara-Jane Hardman, a former teacher and school administrator, and Jean Roe Mauro, LCSW, met shortly after they adopted their children and became involved in the adoption self-help movement. Their articles can be viewed online at http://www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com, and in ADOPTALK magazine, a publication of the Adoptive Parents Committee.
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